This report concludes that under current plans and laws, New England’s reliance on natural gas to fuel power plants could drop from 45% to approximately 10% of its electricity needs in 2030, making any investment in new gas pipelines or plants unnecessary and therefore costly.
In the Northeast, one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from heating equipment in buildings. This report sets out seven paths that states and cities can take to support adoption of clean heating technologies to reduce emissions and provide important benefits like lowering heating costs and eliminating health and safety risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.
This report advocates for energy efficiency as a key tool for helping Maine achieve its ambitious climate goals. The report provides recommendations—including supporting Efficiency Maine Trust programs, modernizing codes and standards, and undertaking regulatory reform for a clean and resilient grid—that will advance the state toward its clean energy goals and resulting consumer and energy system benefits.
This report analyzes data since the launch of the country’s first multi-state carbon reduction program. The analysis shows that CO2 emissions from power plants in the RGGI states have fallen 90% faster than in the rest of country, while economic growth in the RGGI states has outpaced the rest of the country by 31%. The program has also driven substantial reductions in harmful co-pollutants, making the region’s air cleaner and its people healthier.
This Acadia Center analysis illustrates the benefits of a new approach for Connecticut to reduce transportation pollution while improving the system to better meet its residents’ needs. The analysis shows that, if designed well, a regional cap-and-invest policy developed through the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) could enable the state to make over $2.7 billion in crucial transportation investments by 2030, which would generate over 23,000 long-term jobs and $7 billion in economic activity.
Acadia Center's testimony calls on members of the Massachusetts Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee to address regressive changes that have arisen out of recent utility rate cases and have moved the state further away from goals related to consumer control and local clean energy. In particular, this bill would correct unreasonably high returns on equity and automatic annual rate hikes at 3-4% per year. A second bill would correct another core issue: the elimination of on-peak/off-peak rates.
Acadia Center testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on May 30, 2019. In its testimony it urged Massachusetts legislators to support efficient electrification of building heating, new standards to promote innovative energy saving appliances, better information on energy efficiency for homebuyers, and requirements for existing buildings to become more efficient. It also called for them to oppose or require modification of two bills that could harm the state's energy efficiency programs and their implementation.
Acadia Center's testimony urges DOER to withdraw proposed changes to the RPS that would undermine the state's climate efforts, including allowing energy sources that emit more CO2, like biomass, to participate and relaxing accountability measures that track emissions reductions. Acadia Center testified and submitted its statement to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on May 13, 2019.
In this memo, Acadia Center outlines key issues the public should be aware of in National Grid's comprehensive electric rate case, filed in late 2018. Acadia Center addresses concerns related to high revenue and shareholder returns, inadequate requirements in "performance based ratemaking," misaligned rates, and proposed electric vehicle charging programs. The last section summarizes opportunities for the public to weigh in and take action in the proceeding, which will have far-reaching implications for Massachusetts' clean energy future.
In Rhode Island, siting challenges that have arisen in the past few years show that the state can’t accelerate its clean energy transition without a siting plan. In a landscape patchworked with forest, farmland, and open space, policies and incentives must prioritize solar projects in areas with compatible land uses. H5789 is a solar siting bill introduced in 2019 with the aim of address these challenges. Read on to see Acadia Center's testimony on House Bill 5789.